Some of y’all who don’t care for Floyd Mayweather, his risk averse style of fighting, his “the bling is the thing” fixation on money…you might be saying to yourself, man, how can we miss you if you don’t go away?
The “Money” man stepped away from the ring after his September win over Andre Berto, but his presence is still primary in the game..Manny Pacquiao said he’s negotiating with Floyd people for a rematch, and he’s still promoting fights, and still talking about the sport. On Fight Hype, he touched on a range of subjects, including who maybe deserves the No. 1 pound for pound slot in the game. Does Gennady Golovkin? Here’s a snippet from his Fight Hype chat: “The thing is, as far as boxing, it’s all about taking risks and taking chances. I did it. I took risks. I took chances. I’m just waiting to see if Triple G is going to go up and fight Andre Ward. I’m going to be convinced when he can go up and beat Andre Ward. Until then, I’m not convinced.”
Ok, interesting. I think he won’t get across the board pushback on not being fully sold on 3G until GGG gets that signature tangle. But about him taking risks…I think you will get loads of pushback on that one, from the “Floyd cherrypicked brigade.”
I touched based with Golovkins’ trainer, Abel Sanchez, fresh off celebrating his 60th birthday. What did he think of that Ward/Golovkin topic from Floyd? Do you, Abel, perceive that Floyd took risks on the order of GGG going up to meet a guy suited for 175 pounds? Also, what about that supposed insitutional preference for a Caucasian standard-bearer?
Sanchez read this material, and said, “I agree with your points and will point out that Floyd sold out the MGM how many fights in a row, I can’t believe that all those fights were attended by all non-white fans, so I think Floyd has fans from all races, as does Ward. The success that GGG is having is due to fighting consistently, his demeanor towards all fans, media, his character and honesty is evident, and that endears and makes followers of non-boxing fans.”
I agree…and add that that manner of being, to me, is more impressive than PPV numbers. So, when I see the mockingbirds trying to crap on the GGG PPV numbers I sorta squint and say, yeah, no, don’t you get that a fixation on numbers as a gauge of success is a spiritually deficient methodology? I fall for it, too, mind you, I pursue numbers…but no, it’s not the enlightened path.
Sanchez continued: “Also the success, opportunities and fights that GGG is having were planned way in advance, sometimes 6-8 months, so the planning of fights and opponents have to be penciled in against names that are for sure. GGG wants to fight three to four times per year, when opponents have persistent issues, injuries, legal troubles, it would be very irresponsible for us as the GGG team to book or schedule fights with names that are not dependable.”
Yes, indeed, Sanchez is referring to Ward here, for those unsure. Ward had to pull out of a Nov. 21 fight because of a bum knee, and was on the shelf for two years with a promoter beef, after being off because of an arm injury.
“GGG will continue to fight and attempt to unify the 160 pounds division, move up or down when it makes financial sense and/or when we have a willing, dependable opponent,” Sanchez said, in closing.
Oh, another thing to chew on..I think that it’s possible that his race may have helped him more than he realizes, in a way Floyd’s not considering…one does wonder how many people paid to watch him fight to see him lose, because they didn’t care for what he stood for, as a successful and independent black man? So Floyd says, “From the looks of things, what’s going on in the sport of boxing, they want their superstar to be Caucasian. It’s obvious.” And just maybe that preference, felt by many boxing fans, actually bolstered his bottom line…
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